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The Art of Marie Kondo-ing your vanity table

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Spring clean away what does not spark joy for you

If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo yet, you’ve probably been on a digital detox. A professional tidier (yup, it’s a thing!) and star of Netflix’s latest hit “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”, Kondo’s method of organising, known as the KonMari Method, advocates this philosophy: “Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.”

During this pre-CNY season of spring cleaning, we’ve pulled together 5 questions inspired by this tidying expert to help you declutter your vanity table!

1) Do I need this?

Many of us make purchases because a certain beauty brand/product is lauded by a celebrity or influencer on their social media platforms. The question is, did we really need that product to begin with? If you find that the answer is a no, perhaps you can pass it on to someone who needs it more than you do.

2) Is this good for my skin?

Skincare is sometimes a process of trial and error because we don’t know for sure what would work best on our skin. Yet, we don’t necessarily throw out products just because they don’t work (hoarder alert!), and they end up taking up space on our vanity table. This year, let’s make a conscious effort to clear up the clutter, and keep only what is useful for your skin.

3) Will I still use this?

Perhaps it’s a moisturiser you once loved, but somewhere along the way, you found a replacement, and that product is now collecting dust at the back of your drawer. If you haven’t used the product for over 3 months now, chances are you won’t be slapping on that cream on your face any time soon. Guess it’s time you thank the product, and clear some space from your vanity storage.

4) Has this expired?

When was the last time you checked the expiry date of all your beauty products? It’s not advised to be using them past their expiration date as the skin is delicate and sensitive (and maybe that’s why you’ve been having that breakout recently…) Your skincare should be sparking joy, not sparking breakouts, so time to trash those that’s past their best before date, and treat your skin better today!

5) Does this spark joy?

Finally, as Marie Kondo’s greatest advice goes, if the product doesn’t spark joy and make you happy, don’t keep it. Applying skin care should be an enjoyable process! Your face is lathered and taken care of by these products you’re using, so if you are not happy with the results, then we say, let go of them!

Ask yourself these 5 questions when you go forth and declutter your vanity table. Remember to keep only what is most necessary in achieving happy skin that everyone else would be enviable of, and more importantly, keep only what sparks joy~

In Good Hands,

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